I was trolled with Silverman, Dawkins, PZ Myers, thunderf00t

The Religious Antagonist was causing quite a stir at the AA Convention in Washington D.C. Everyone was talking about the guy who Richard Dawkins told to 'fuck off'. Nobody warned me, but I think I handled myself alright. www.youtube.com/embed/8H25ADf8I3I?rel=0 He cut out one thing from our conversation. I'm paraphrasing: Religious Antagonist: "Do atheists have bigger holes than foxes?" Justin Griffith: "Yes, because they tend to dig a little deeper if you know what I … [Read more...]

Baba Brinkman writes about the festival

Baba Brinkman slayed the crowd with his extensive lexicon and concise delivery at Fort Bragg last weekend. Then he wrote to all of his fans about it: Last weekend Mr. Simmonds and I traveled to Fort Bragg, NC for Rock Beyond Belief, the historical first on-base rock concert for military non-believers. The day got off to a late start due to a morning downpour, which was gloated over by the spiteful devout but only until about 1pm, and after that the clouds blew over and we had beautiful … [Read more...]

Navy atheist came out of the closet on Good Friday

Over the last three weeks I've been hammering home the importance of identifying as an atheist on your records. Most atheists in the military are still under the false impression that it's not allowed. Most of us were told that "No Religious Preference" is all we can get. That hasn't been true for at least a decade. But worse than that, "NO REL PREF" can lead to seriously fucked up consequences. Sometime last month in reddit's atheism comment section, I encountered a reluctant closeted … [Read more...]

Atheists in RI,CT will actually show that reason trumps prayer

A national day of prayer is unconstitutional. But it's also pointless, as prayer accomplishes nothing and wastes time. It's quite possible that people pray instead of doing something useful. We're better than that.  A group in New England has a great idea, and instead of prayer they will be accomplishing real world good. 80 people need to give blood from the RI and CT area. Bill Russel of Atheist Humanist Society of Connecticut and Rhode Island writes: The blood drive will be held … [Read more...]

You have to pick a different religious preference. I can’t spell.

I'm typically not a grammar Nazi when it comes to online chatter, such as a facebook post. However, when you have a really important government form that impacts someone else's life (and even their death)... you simply need to get it right. This is super fail. Anyway... it's extremely important that we all stand up and be counted. Most of us were told that atheist was not an option (first time I've seen the 'I can't spell' defense.) Click here to fix your records in two minutes or … [Read more...]

Surprisingly, 39 percent of Marines in this platoon are nonbelievers

These Marines are stationed at Camp Pendleton. This platoon is in an artillery ground combat unit. Names are withheld. Here is some more information from the source: I didn't get to ask the two Lieutenants and my other Sgt but I know they are religious. As I stated before there were 7 avowedly open atheists, 1 agnostic, 1 no preference (his description made him an agnostic), 3 Jedi (1 serious, 2 atheists joking around), 2 protestant Christians and 2 Catholics who admitted to me (because … [Read more...]

Bible study for babies

Unfortunately, this is not a photoshopped image. This is real. I heard about this in a passing reference from a friend on my Facepalm wall. So I told him to 'rescue' the discarded advert for baby bible study. It reached my email with the subject line "Damn you! You made me dig through trash". But I simply had to insist on recycling it here at FtB. Also funny: "super abundance" and "the last days of Jesus leading up to his death." … [Read more...]

Christian wonders why atheists hate love so much

I am the recipient of electronic mail. This one from Ronnie was disarmingly titled "No Death Wish!" I am not writing to pass conflict to others. However, I cannot understand why you hate love so much. What?! Hate 'love'? That is the unrealistic demeanor reserved only for Disney villains. Are you a child? It is hard to understand why you (an atheists) hate God and feel you can tell God how things are to be. Do you hate Ra, Thor, and Zeus? Why do you feel you can tell Ra, Thor and Zeus how … [Read more...]

Christian gloating over the heavy rains at the atheist festival

I am the recipient of electronic mail. This message came through the atheist festival's contact form on the morning of the festival. It had been raining pretty hard all morning. From: mike Subject: wx Message Body: enjoying the weather today? Sorta like a flood, huh? Yeah... It stopped raining just after this email was sent. Then it was blue skies and sunshine from then on out. Here's my reply. Mike, It was a lot like a flood. It was the power of prayer at work, clearly. … [Read more...]

Atheists just raised $3446 for homeless veterans

We raised over $1200 and a pickup truck full of canned food for homeless veterans at our after party. An additional $2246 was raised here at the blog, no doubt helped by the reddit community. It was unfortunate that Fort Bragg denied us the ability to do this on post (we could have raised so much more). But it is undeniable that at least some real-world change for the better came as a direct result of our festival. The after-party was a great success. The hotel where we staged the after party … [Read more...]